Wasn’t it just Monday?  This week is really moving along.  Making my ‘to-do’ list for today includes getting together goodies for a certain 10 year old’s birthday celebration tomorrow.  Seriously, 11 years old?  Does not seem possible.

spring salad

Yesterday morning was one of those mornings where I cringed a little when the alarm went off.  I’d set it early to get up for a conditioning class at the gym, even set my clothes out so I wouldn’t have the excuse not to go.  Still, the excuses came rolling in.  Eventually, I talked myself out of bed and got to class, rolling in just as the instructor started.  Usually, breaking a good sweat will shake me out of whatever funk it is that I need to shake off. And while I felt good leaving the class, some of the heaviness remained.  Our days have been a bit overwhelming lately with work, activities and other responsibilities.  And while I love having busy days, sometimes, it’s just too much.  I needed a break, to catch my breath and re-center.  I know that if I’m off it won’t be long before everyone else in my house follows.  It’s like a runaway train that needs to be headed off at the pass.

spring salad

spring salad

There are three things I know that always will bring me back to center…photography, cooking and running.  I had a run planned at the end of the day with a friend so I turned to making lunch and pictures.

spring salad

spring salad

The salad greens in our garden are beautiful right now.  I followed the plan of my new farming friends and took a chance by sowing seeds in the warmth of our early spring weather.  I’m so very glad I did.  Fragrant arugula, baby romaine and spinach are growing in beautiful green rows.  I threw a mixture of greens in a big salad bowl, cut chives, grilled some asparagus, shaved a little parmesan and drizzled a vinaigrette over top.  The rhythm and quiet of such a ritual task as making lunch, was just what my mind needed.

spring salad

How do you re-center when life feels a bit too busy?

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